When I was nine years old, I discovered fishing and pursued it relentlessly. My uncle took me fishing and taught me all kinds if things about chasing trout and bass in freshwater. Then, the summer I turned twelve, he bought a 17’ center console and took me fishing on the saltwater for the very first time.
This was back within the 1980’s plus the northeast was suffering from an extreme depletion of striped bass due to more than fishing. That meant that when you were not bottom fishing for flounder, sea bass or scup then you will need to be fishing for bluefish. And, that was the case on my initial saltwater expedition. I caught one fish that morning and it was a fourteen pound bluefish that smacked a big Rebel minnow in about ten feet of water. Due to the fact that day, bluefish have been one of my really favorite fish.
Due to the fact the rebound in the striped bass fishery all through the 1990’s, bluefish have surely taken a back seat to the striper. However, they’ve even being cursed and abused as a by catch to the royal striped bass. But, lots of anglers still appreciate pursuing blues simply for what they’re. They’re a tenacious, difficult fighting fish which are more than willing to eat practically anything you throw in front of their faces.
To pursue bluefish successfully, you have to have the ability to adapt to unique fishing styles based on the structure and water depth that the fish are holding at. In some cases, you will find schools of fish feeding on the surface in somewhat shallow water. This would be a perfect circumstance to throw surface plugs on spinning rods. Other occasions, you may uncover fish hanging on the down current side of a reef, holding in eighty feet of water. This would be a circumstance most effective addressed with a diamond or butterfly jig on a conventional rod. It is greatest to get available with an individual who fishes your region to get suggestions on the gear you have to fish your local waters.
Fishing with bait is yet another common approach. The east coast shorelines are teaming with menhaden, also referred to as bunker or pogy. They make for a preferred bait option for blues. But, any local baitfish species will typically suffice. Bait may be fished either live or dead, although chunked dead bait normally provides essentially the most solid hook ups. Due to the fact bluefish have razor filled mouths they are going to normally cut live bait in half and they seldom swim away using the half using the hook in it. Fishing with chunk bait allows you to regulate the size in the bait so the fish can very easily fit the entire piece in its mouth.
Concentrate on places with excellent moving current around key structural points like jetties, rocks, river mouths and reefs. The current is sped up as water is pushed past these objects by the tide. This tends to disorient baitfish creating it perfect hunting grounds for bluefish. It usually helps to constantly have a spinning rod rigged and ready with either a heavy, silver spoon or a best water lure. Bluefish are notorious for generating feeding frenzies, or blitzes, on the surface in the water. A big school of blues will push a ball of baitfish to the surface in the water until they’ve nowhere else to go plus the bluefish will attack them at the surface, generating a watery explosion. Fish just after fish, all carrying out this at the identical time creates an remarkable website to see. Plus, the fish are striking at the baits so swiftly that an angler can hook a fish on practically every cast.
It is now funny for me to assume that bluefish are regarded as such second rate citizens when they were the number one sport fish at the time that I initial fished for them. Stripers surely grow a lot larger than blues. But, if bluefish DID grow as huge as stripers do, there would most likely be yet another striped bass population predicament. Bluefish will constantly be one of my favorite fish. Not only simply because they are so aggressive and willing to bite but also simply because they are the fish that got me hooked into the saltwater fishing world forever.